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Meet Kim O’Hara of A Story Inside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim O’Hara.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kim. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I produced and wrote movies for twenty years. I was attracted to stories about troubled characters facing addiction, loneliness and isolation. I had a desire for millions of people to see my movies and say, I feel that too, I’m not alone. When I decided I didn’t want to make movies anymore, I thought it was because I wasn’t famous enough. I didn’t win the Oscar or get the Hollywood deal. The truth is I had a higher calling and a wider message to spread as a writer, coach and healer.

When I literally was pushed into book coaching by a mentor, I saw I could touch many more people helping them write their books, and there was no movie screen between us. It was them, me and the stories; intimate, frank, and witnessed.

I was able to apply my self-discovery through writing my own memoir about recovery from sexual abuse to my work with clients. I had put this truth on the table after forty-four years of repression for my personal freedom, but also to provide a map through writing exercises for other survivors. I saw how change agents and world-class thinkers could tell their stories on an even deeper level; for their peace of mind and also to inspire others. Many of my clients discovered for the first time with their books that they were funny, candid, political, unflappable, talented.

After I wrote my book, and formed my company A Story Inside, I started living for the first time at 47. Nothing felt the same anymore. I had put old stories to rest.

Baseball games, hikes, meals, love… all profoundly new and full of possibility. The up-level of your authenticity with words is like no other spirituality program. While I had loved making movies, they never made me feel that way. Then again, when you look outside of you, nothing is a fix.

Today, my coaching inspires people to write about regret, marriage, sexuality, loneliness, pain, joy, childhood… Some participants may stop there and be complete.

Other write on towards their books, and embrace a new dream. They are courageous, they are heroes, they are authors.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a business requires a certain mindset. You have to invest in yourself, even when you are not sure if any customers will buy what you are selling. There have been many moments when I have thought, what am I doing? Inevitably, that is when someone comes to me and says, “Thank you for what you have done for me.”

Visibility has been one of my biggest challenges while simultaneously the best ride. I was behind the camera running the show for so long, to say I am the brand was a big hurdle. Now that I am speaking more to audiences, and holding workshops, as well as Facebook Live, I see where I can hide and not shine.

There is always someone who has gone before you in business that can show you a few steps to take. They are out there if you stay focused and confident.

Please tell us about A Story Inside.
I help ambitious world-class thinkers write their life stories into books so they can have freedom and peace of mind. I have an 18-week coaching program that takes writers from concept to completion. While I don’t have a publishing arm, as I see what I do as a specific specialty and do not want to be a one stop shop, I bring writers to a complete draft.

I am known for memoirs, and walking clients through a process that helps them find their authentic voice in writing. I also have seen it all from abuse, to addiction, to selling movies in Cannes, to raising two daughters, having two marriages. Nothing surprises me, and I am able to be a candid witness to what can make a story really accessible to lots of readers.

I am proud when people come to my workshops and write on a prompt, and read it to the group. They look at me and say, “I have never told that story before.” I see them actually light up and be set free.

The movie business piece and being creative in film, writing and music my whole life really gives me a perception of story and an intuitive ear that not many people have that are in my field.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I rode horses from 12-14 in Rhode Island where I grew up. I was just telling this story to my 12-year-old (mainly to emphasize the point that I mucked out stalls to earn my keep!). One day, after my barn chores, I had the opportunity to ride my favorite horse bareback and let her loose in this huge field near the ocean. You just don’t find this much land available anymore. The horse ran so fast. I was clinging on for dear life. It was exciting and frightening and freeing all at the same time. I felt like the horse and I were one creature. We took the horses swimming after to cool off. It was a time of such innocence and yet I had the skill to manage this big animal. I look back to that experience when I need a combination of curiosity and confidence as an adult.


  • Story To Success 18 week Book Coaching Package is $7500.
  • Story To Success 12 Week First Draft Coaching Package is $5000
  • It’s Time To Write 12 Week Prompts with Group Coaching is $2400.
  • Story to Success VIP Outline Day is $1697

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Image Credit:
Ann Marie Donahuev for the polished photo of me in the green dress

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